Contemporary Sufi Movements

Department of Theology and Religion, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law


Code 21281

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Pre-requisite modules Sufism - 22430

Other pre-requisites None

Module description

This module aims to exam the diverse beliefs and practices of contemporary forms of Sufism. It will examine the historical and cultural antecedents of Sufism, discussing various interpretations and understandings of Sufi origins and practice and will focus on how these are expressed in differing contexts in the contemporary world. The module will particularly focus on Sufi tariqas, examining the social and theological formulations of the different traditions, such as the Naqshabandiyya, Shadhiliyya, Qadiriyya and Mawlawiyya, as well as more heterodox orders such as the Bektashiyya. Consideration will be given to the different methodological approaches to the study of these tariqas, such as the ethnographic and sociological, in both Islamic and Western contexts, and how these approaches might be applied to other mystical and esoteric traditions.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, student-led seminars, class discussion.